It's a blessing worth more than anything I've owned throughout nearly five and a half decades. It's more comforting than a mother's love. It's more validating than a father's approval, or an employer's commendation. It's worth more than all the silver and gold a person or country could accumulate. It's one of the benefits of faith.
I have peace with God.
Anyone can have this peace. We who are Believers know, firsthand, this "peace that passes all understanding". The calm amid the storms. The stillness in a turmoil. I've done nothing to earn peace. It's a gift from God to all who turn to Him in faith and rest in Christ.
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God." Romans 5:1-2
Peace does not eliminate struggle, difficulty, obstacles, and turmoil on this old earth. The prince of this world brings nothing but destruction and despair and confusion. But peace gives us the ability to rest in God's ability to provide and keep us in the midst of those things. We are enabled to rejoice because we have overcome the world through Jesus.
3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." Romans 5:3-5
I am quite content with my lot in life. And my "lot" is not a very big lot, nor a very valuable lot, nor a very prestigious lot, nor a very coveted lot, nor the best manicured lot. But with my lot, I am at peace. I am okay with the place in which I find myself today, and look forward to what God has in store for me each day. If I am here on this old earth to share anything, it is to share Jesus and encourage others in the peace, joy, and hope we have in His grace. selahV